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Video: Pershing 74 motor yacht MARGAUX at full speed

October 21, 2014

Built by the Italian shipyard Pershing, part of the Ferretti Group, the 23-metre motor yacht MARGAUX is a striking Pershing 74 craft, representing a contemporary and modern restyling of luxury yacht Pershing 72’. Pershing 74′ yacht MARGAUX is fitted with twin high performance MTU Common Rail 1950 hp engines, with Searex surface drives and Rolla surface propellers, reaching a maximum speed of 45 knots, while maintaining a high level of comfort. Below is a video showing MARGAUX at full speed out of Coconut Grove, while rocketing into Fort Lauderdale, a lovely Florida yacht charter location. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Luxury superyachts by Moonen to be displayed at FLIBS 2014

October 21, 2014

The prominent Dutch shipyard, Moonen Yachts, will be attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the glamorous Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. As always, there will be much to see and do during FLIBS as it celebrates its 55th edition this year.

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

Among the highlights will be the Moonen 124 charter yacht Northlander, which will be displayed at Face Dock 9, 9A-C. This beautiful 2010 vessel has been designed by René van der Velden over a hullform by Stolk Marimecs naval architects. Northlander can accommodate up to 8 guests in maximum comfort and is available for luxury yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean.

NORTHLANDER - Main

NORTHLANDER - Main

Moonen 121 motor yacht Victoria del Mar will be showcased at Face Dock 20 and the 137ft custom Moonen superyacht Sofia will be available for private visits with potential clients at her home berth, which is only a ten-minute boat trip from the show. And the same goes for the Moonen 97 yacht Sofia II.

Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Talking of top yachts, two Moonens have been nominated for the ISS Design and Leadership Awards 2014: the Moonen 100 Explorer yacht and superyacht Sofia. The winners will be announced at the special gala evening on October 29, 2014.

Exclusive ‘House of Feadship’ for yacht owners and guests during upcoming FLIBS

October 21, 2014

As innovative as ever, the world’s leading motoryacht manufacturer, Feadship, has announced that it is to open a The House of Feadship close to the next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). From October 30 to November 3, this specially hired mansion will form an oasis of tranquility as well as hospitality away from the traditional hustle & bustle of FLIBS.

Exclusive 'House of Feadship' for yacht owners and guests during the upcoming FLIBS

Exclusive 'House of Feadship' for yacht owners and guests during the upcoming FLIBS

Following its success at the Monaco Yacht Show with a spectacular LED stand that lit up the marina day and night, Feadship is set to break the mould again during this year’s FLIBS. In addition to having a booth at the show itself, the Dutch masters of motoryacht construction have rented a villa at which to welcome owners and potential clients.

The 55th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is due to cover seven locations and more than three million square feet of space. But the most exclusive venue of all during the event is not on the exhibition map. Located very close to the show, The House of Feadship will be accessible strictly by invitation only. It will play host to private parties, lunches and dinners for special guests, who will be brought to and from the house by an elite Zeelander tender.

“This response to requests from very private individuals who prefer not to meet at the Fort Lauderdale show itself is a fine example of the custom approach Feadship calls Uniquity,” explains Farouk Nefzi, Director Branding & Marketing. “The House of Feadship will allow for get-togethers away from the public eye, as well as offering a superb location for convivial lunches and dinners with friends of Feadship. Directors and senior management will, of course, be attending the Feadship stand at the show itself, ready to share the very latest developments. There will also be at least eight Feadships on display at FLIBS. Our aim, as always, is to ensure every possible requirement of our clients is met, wherever that may be.”

Below is a choice of the outstanding charter yachts built by Feadship.

Video: Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750

October 20, 2014

Launched by Prestige Yachts last year, luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 is a lovely 23-metre vessel, beautifully penned by Garroni Design and J&J Design. Prestige 750 yacht has been conceptualised for full enjoyment of life at sea, boasting exceptional exterior living spaces, from the extra-large swim platform to the spacious cockpit and generously sized fly bridge.  Below is a video showing the Prestige 750 while heading out on an afternoon cruise in the Atlantic off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, a popular Florida yacht charter destination. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video by YachtVid: 28m motor yacht AllSeas 92 under construction

October 20, 2014

Measuring 28 meters in length over all, the second motor yacht AllSeas 92 is currently under construction at AllSeas Yachts, the US builder of rugged steel and aluminum expedition yachts, based in San Diego. Below is a video with Tim Alls from AllSeas Yachts showing superyacht AllSeas 92 in build, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.

FunAir and National Marine Suppliers to launch new Adjustable Yacht Slide at FLIBS 2014

October 17, 2014

FunAir, the leader in premium sealed air inflatable yacht toys and National Marine Suppliers, the premier yacht supplier and logistical support group, are delighted to announce that they are jointly promoting the launch of a new, in-stock and ready-to-ship Adjustable Yacht Slide, with a promotion that benefits breast cancer research. National Marine is the distributor for FunAir in North America and Europe, and together the companies will introduce the new product at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2014. Below is an image of the Adjustable Yacht Slide on the Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas.

Adjustable Yacht Slide aboard Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas

Adjustable Yacht Slide aboard Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas

FunAir CEO, Eric Goldreyer said, “Our mission is to maximize the fun for yacht owners and their families and guests.  In addition, we have decided to partner with our friends at National Marine to support breast cancer research with our newest product launch.” The companies will donate a portion of every sale of the new in-stock Adjustable Yacht Slide sold before FLIBS.

For each in stock Adjustable Yacht Slide ordered by October 27, FunAir will donate $200 to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Yacht owners attending FLIBS can take delivery of their new Adjustable Yacht Slide on the last day of the show and save on shipping. National Marine Suppliers CEO, Dean Dutoit, said “National Marine is excited to work with our partner, FunAir, who has shown a commitment to bringing innovative solutions to yacht owners and captains, while also finding a way to support an important cause like breast cancer research.”

FunAir continues to lead the industry in designing exciting new custom yacht toys and the company responded to demand from some customers for quick ship yacht slides. “When our customers asked for a yacht slide they could receive in days rather than weeks or months, we listened,” said FunAir Co-Founder and CEO, Eric Goldreyer.

FunAir Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Fun, Mark Anastasia and his design team have created more than 200 custom inflatables for mega yachts across the world – more than all other companies combined. Anastasia drew on that experience to create a slide that accommodates many yachts and could be produced and warehoused for quick shipment.  Designed to complement FunAir’s custom yacht inflatables offering, the Adjustable Yacht Slide provides another option for some yacht owners who prefer to have their slide delivered quickly, rather than have it custom made. “Because of production efficiencies we gained by manufacturing multiple slides at one time, we’re able to offer the Adjustable Yacht Slide at $6995. That’s about half what it usually costs a yacht owner for a custom designed inflatable slide,” Anastasia said.

The Adjustable Yacht Slide is designed to fit on yachts with deck railing heights of between 4M and 5.5M to the waterline. Like all FunAir sealed air inflatables, the Adjustable Yacht Slides are made with commercial-grade 0.9mm PVC materials with UV protection and are backed by a 3-year warranty.

Initial testing for 30,5m Hodgdon racing yacht COMANCHE in Newport, Rhode Island

October 17, 2014

Built by the US shipyard Hodgdon Yachts, the recently launched sailing yacht Comanche is currently preparing for her racing debut at this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 30,5m pre-preg carbon fibre racing yacht Comanche has started her first sea trials in Newport, Rhode Island this week.

Hodgdon Yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Hodgdon Yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

“Comanche was designed and built to break monohull sailing records,” said Timothy Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts at the official launch at the Monaco Yacht show. “She’s going to be fast! We’re very proud of this boat.”

Sailing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Sailing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Boat  and its crew arrived under tow after a 25-hour journey from Hodgdon Yachts yards in Maine. With the arrival the assembly phase started. The keel and mast have been fitted and stepped and for superyacht Comanche sailing trials are beginning.

Racing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Racing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

After the first sea trials sessions Comanche yacht will be loaded up onto a cargo early November for final testing and training in Sydney just a month before the start of the race!

Super yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Super yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Following the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, plans are in place for Comanche superyacht to take part in other classic races such as the Bermuda Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Transpacific Yacht Race or the Transatlantic Race.

International Superyacht Society (ISS) announces Tahiti Tourisme as Platinum Sponsor of its 24th Annual International Design Awards Gala

October 17, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce Tahiti Tourisme as a Platinum Sponsor of its 24th Annual International Design Awards Gala. This year’s event will be hosted by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 6:30 P.M. The theme will celebrate the flair of the fabulous Tahiti yacht charter destination, nestled in the South Pacific.

The beautiful Tahiti yacht holiday destination, positioned in the South Pacific

The beautiful Tahiti yacht holiday destination, positioned in the South Pacific

“By its willingness to sponsor ISS’s signature event at the Platinum level—our highest echelon of support—Tahiti Tourisme is establishing a precedent for destinations and similarly lateral superyacht categories to become more fully active in creating global superyacht luxury lifestyle marketing initiatives. Internally as an industry, we are all keenly aware that we enjoy an elegant B2B model, and that the success of our alliances ultimately drives visibility to our HNWI and UHNWI clients. Tahiti Tourisme and ISS together are confident that Tahiti’s involvement in our Awards for Design and Leadership Gala creates prominence and front of mind positioning,” says Ken Hickling, ISS President.

The Islands of Tahiti, a One-of-a-Kind Destination for Superyachts

Tahiti Tourisme has been actively promoting The Islands of Tahiti over the past few years as a one of a kind destination for superyacht owners and charter clients, being aware of the incredible potential for high-net worth individuals interested in new cruising grounds. French Polynesia has been a hub for superyachts arriving from the Panama Canal for the past fifteen years. It is a place where yacht owners and captains choose to stop for several months, sometimes more, to discover some of the last pristine and secluded tropical areas on Earth while providing the usual expected professional dedicated services and provisioning.

The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti

The 118 islands of French Polynesia—of which Tahiti is the main island—have drawn continuous growing interest in recent years and are now recognized as an emerging destination featuring both the luxury and tranquillity that each discerning yacht guest is in quest of. It is also a place of exploration and adventure in one of the safest and most scenic environments in the world.

Five Archipelagos and Warm Lagoons

The Islands of Tahiti are indeed about unique crystal clear, warm lagoons and spectacular lush, rugged mountains; it is, above all, about authenticity, friendly smiling Polynesians, in love with their “Moana,” the “Big Ocean,” a source of life and inspiration for each of them. Tahiti is a place where everyday life is still closely connected to culture, where one experiences an art-of-living and where nature and culture harmoniously blend. It is a place of discovery, allowing one to completely lose track of time, enjoying the pace of life and the magnificent sceneries.

The Islands of Tahiti from above

The Islands of Tahiti from above

The country’s five archipelagos are scattered over an area as large as Western Europe. Land only represents 1% of this area. Close to their “Moana,” Tahitians have always been very involved in ocean conservation. Hosting one of the largest and healthy shark populations worldwide, sheltering hundreds of dolphins and whales, protecting sea turtles and monitoring the health of its coral reefs, French Polynesia has remained an underwater untouched jewel. The country is putting huge efforts into the protection and sustainability of its marine wildlife.

ISS and Tahiti Tourisme: Common Core Values

With superyachts looking to travel further to access remote and pristine cruising grounds, Tahiti offers a breakthrough destination for owners, charterers and the industry. The Board of Directors of the International Superyacht Society has been encouraging Tahiti Tourisme’s more prominent role for many years. Tahiti Tourisme, for its part, has been following up closely on the developments of the ISS. Common core values immediately emerged such as a strong passion for the oceans and their conservation—through initiatives and awards such as the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award—as well as always providing best practice programs for the prestigious individuals of the global superyacht industry. It naturally became obvious that common efforts would come to fruition for the benefit of both.

The Islands of Tahiti after sunset

The Islands of Tahiti after sunset

Tahiti Tourisme and locally-based Tahiti yacht professionals take pride in contributing to the famous signature event of the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as a platinum sponsor, bringing Tahiti to South Florida during a unique and memorable Tahitian Flair night on 29th October 2014 where the beauty and authenticity of “The Islands of Tahiti” will be showcased to an large audience of key individuals within this very exclusive industry. This is a milestone for the destination and Tahiti Tourism is honored to share this important moment with the International Superyacht Society.

Video: Front Street Shipyard moves 155ft sailing yacht ASOLARE

October 17, 2014

Front Street Shipyard (FSS) has recently welcomed the renowned 155-foot charter yacht ASOLARE (ex Scheherazade) to their facility for a Lloyd’s survey, new paint, as well as some maintenance work. The trickiest part of the project was to get the luxury sailing yacht ASOLARE into the building to be able to begin the refit. Working with six inches of clearance on either end of the building, the team from Brownell Systems worked with the team at FSS to maneuver her in comfortably. Below is a video showing FSS while moving ASOLARE into the building, made by Billy Black.

Additional renderings of 44m Spirit of Tradition sailing yacht ANTHEM concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

October 16, 2014

Stephens Waring Yacht Design has released the new renderings of their majestic sailing yacht Anthem concept. Superyacht Anthem concept is a beautiful 44-metre Spirit of Tradition maxi ketch, designed for extended family cruising or luxury yacht charter programs supported by a professional crew.

44m Spirit of Tradition superyacht Anthem concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

44m Spirit of Tradition superyacht Anthem concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

Particulars of the 44m Anthem superyacht concept:

LOA  144 ft. – 4 in. 44 M

LWL 113 ft. 10 in. 34.7 M

Beam (max) 26 ft. -  11 in. 8.2 M

Draft 16 ft. – 8 in. 5.1 M

Luxury yacht Anthem concept

Luxury yacht Anthem concept

Disp 230 Tons

SA 8385 sq. ft. 780 sq. M

SA/D 20.9

D/LWL 155

Aux power Caterpillar 3512  1750 hp

Super yacht Anthem concept

Super yacht Anthem concept

Notable Points of the 44m luxury yacht Anthem concept:

•             SWYD Signature style hull form.

•             Luxurious Accommodation – 4 staterooms, separate crew quarters.

•             Optimized for family cruising and professionally crewed luxury yacht charters.

Sailing yacht Anthem concept

Sailing yacht Anthem concept

•             Two cockpits for a tailored sailing experience.

•             Three Lounges and two raised salon areas for relaxed comfort.

•             Sail plan designed for ease of handling and response.